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Ministerial adviser’s ‘interference’ delays laptops for students

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Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande.
Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande.


Ministerial adviser Nqaba Nqandela’s shadow looms large over the R3.75 billion laptop tender sponsored by the department of higher education, science and technology to mitigate the impact of the national lockdown on the academic progress of poor students under government’s financial aid scheme.

In May, Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande chose Nqandela to head a task team that would facilitate the urgent procurement of 750 000 devices to help students during the national state of disaster, which was declared to manage the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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